How to Add Lemonade Kool-Aid to Shampoo to Remove Iron From Your Hair

by Melissa King ; Updated July 18, 2017

Lemonade Kool-Aid returns hair to its natural color.

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If the water you shower with has a high iron content, the mineral can build up in your hair, giving your locks a rust-colored hue. Some commercial products and salon treatments may remove the discoloration, but both are often expensive and vary in their effectiveness. Lemonade Kool-Aid, while not designed for use as a hair product, can do impressive job at removing rust stains for a fraction of the price.

Wet your hair thoroughly, then squirt a quarter-size dab of shampoo into the palm of your hand.

Open a packet or container of lemonade Kool-Aid and pour about 1 teaspoon of the powder into your hand with the shampoo.

Squirt another dab of shampoo into your hand, then mix the shampoo and Kool-Aid together with your fingers. If the mixture is too granular or thick, add a few drops of water to thin it out.

Apply the shampoo and Kool-Aid mixture to your hair. Coat each strand generously.

Allow the mixture to soak into your hair for five to 15 minutes.

Rinse the Kool-Aid and shampoo out of your hair. While rinsing, close your eyes to prevent the Kool-Aid from entering your eyes. Shampoo again without the Kool-Aid, then rinse to remove any remaining residue.

Condition your hair with your usual conditioning product.


  • You can prevent chlorine from staining your hair by combing cocoa butter through it before you swim. After a swim, rinse hair with clean water and follow with a shampoo.

    Baking soda mixed with shampoo may also remove chlorine and rust in hair. Rinsing hair with 8 ounces of apple cider vinegar has the same effect.

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Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.